Craftsman

Craftsman

by Guy Clark
     
 
This double-CD collection issued by Rounder's Philo imprint contains on a double CD all three of Guy Clark's late-'70s and '80s recordings for Warner Bros.: Guy Clark, South Coast of Texas, and Better Days. Clark's Warner period was one of intense self-scrutiny and exploration, not only with the way songs are written,

Overview

This double-CD collection issued by Rounder's Philo imprint contains on a double CD all three of Guy Clark's late-'70s and '80s recordings for Warner Bros.: Guy Clark, South Coast of Texas, and Better Days. Clark's Warner period was one of intense self-scrutiny and exploration, not only with the way songs are written, but also in the way they are recorded. In terms of experiment and adventure, these are the most sonically interesting of Clark's records. While some of these titles seemed odd at the time, particularly the self-titled album, in retrospect they more than hold their own and prove to be ahead of what some are doing even now. As for the tracks themselves, this was a fruitful, if difficult, period for Clark. While his biggest hit, "Homegrown Tomatoes," is here, so is the redo of "Rita Ballou," "New Cut Road," and the original recorded version of "Randall Knife," far spookier and more haunted than the redo on Dublin Blues. In addition, there are a few covers here that Clark had been loathe to cut while on RCA, and these include Townes Van Zandt's "Don't You Take It Too Bad" and "No Deal," as well as a stellar modern version of Jimmie Rodgers' "In the Jailhouse Now." Also there are a pair of collaborations with fellow Houstonian Rodney Crowell in "The Partner Nobody Chose" and "She's Crazy for Leavin'." Clark always surrounded himself with fine musicians and this trio of albums was no exception -- everyone from Emmylou Harris and Rosanne Cash to Crowell, Verlon Thompson, Kenny Malone, David Briggs, and dozens more appear on them. In many ways, because of the heady work Clark had issued before and after these Warner recordings, this trio has become somewhat of a cipher in his catalog, as part of some misguided apocrypha. This impression is simply erroneous and can be proven so with even the most casual listen. These 30 songs are as integral to Guy Clark's body of work than anything else he has ever issued.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/16/1995
Label:
Philo / Umgd
UPC:
0011671118420
catalogNumber:
711184

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Fool On The Roof
  2. Fools For Each Other
  3. Shade Of All Greens
  4. Voilá, an American Dream
  5. One Paper Kid
  6. In The Jailhouse Now
  7. Comfort And Crazy
  8. Don't You Take It Too Bad
  9. The Houston Kid
  10. Fool on the Roof
  11. Who Do You Think You Are
  12. Crystelle
  13. New Cut Road
  14. Rita Ballou
  15. South Coast Of Texas

Disc 2

  1. Heartbroke
  2. The Partner Nobody Chose
  3. She's Crazy for Leavin'
  4. Calf-Rope
  5. Lone Star Hotel
  6. Blowin' Like A Bandit
  7. Better Days
  8. Homegrown Tomatoes
  9. Supply And Demand
  10. Randall Knife
  11. The Carpenter
  12. Uncertain Texas
  13. No Deal
  14. Tears
  15. Fool In The Mirror

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Guy Clark   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar,Slide Guitar
Ricky Skaggs   Fiddle,Vocals
Rosanne Cash   Vocals
Rodney Crowell   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle,Mandolin
Albert Lee   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Don Everly   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Buck White   Mandolin
Larry Willoughby   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Byron Bach   Cello
Richard Bennett   Acoustic Guitar,Concertina,Electric Guitar,Triangle,Slide Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Lea Jane Berinati   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Don Brooks   Harmonica
Tony Brown   Keyboards
Glen D. Hardin   Keyboards
Frank Davis   Vocals
Hank DeVito   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Philip Donnelly   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Vince Gill   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Emory Gordy   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Mandolin,Piano
Jack Hicks   Steel Guitar,Slide Guitar
Sharon Hicks   Vocal Harmony
Wayne Jackson   Flugelhorn
Paul Kennerley   Bass (Vocal),Vocals
Jerry Kroon   Drums
Lawrence Lasson   Violin
Farrell Morris   Percussion,Steel Drums,Shaker
Gary Nicholson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Gordon Payne   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Frank Reckard   Guitar
Lisa Silver   Fiddle,Violin
Bee Spears   Bass
Billie Jo Spears   Bass
Cheryl White   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Kris Wilkinson   Viola
Reggie Young   Guitar
Kay Oslin   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Larrie Londin   Percussion,Drums
Stephanie Woolf   Viola
Miss Lee Lee   Electric Guitar
David Briggs   Piano,Harpsichord,Electric Piano,Clavinet

Technical Credits

Guy Clark   Composer
Rodney Crowell   Composer,Producer
Don Cobb   Engineer
Donivan Cowart   Engineer
Neil Wilburn   Producer
Bradley Hartman   Engineer
Robert K. Oermann   Liner Notes

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